Ludington Woman Receives 24 to 90 Months In Prison

Andrea Benet Pena King was sentenced Tuesday in 51st Circuit Court.  Pena King of 309 N. Washington received 24-90 months in prison for receiving and concealing stolen property with a value of $1,000-$20,000 and was considered a habitual offender.  Judge Susan K. Sniegowski followed a typical plea-and-sentencing aggrement.

Judge Sniegowski was told by Pena King in January that she found, what she believed to be stolen medical supplies from the Animal Hospital of Ludington in her garage and with the help of her daughter transported the items in garbage bag into her home.

Judge Sniegowski said the sentence was excessive due to new guidelines and the fact that Pena King was already on probation, which allowed for the guidelines to be exceeded.

Pena King also received a sentence of 16 months to two years within the Michigan Department of Corrections.  Which will be served concurrently for a probation violation.

Board Meeting Wraps

Business as usual at the WSCC Board of Trustees Meeting Monday afternoon.  No issues with passing anything on the agenda.  Basic house keeping issues made up the February agenda.  Some issues discussed were continuing student support services and transfer credits, along with dual-enrollment and intercollegiate activities.

Monday night, Superintendent Andrea Large watched as the Ludington Board of Education conducted its February meeting.  Some issues scheduled on the agenda were, a report on the new MSTEP testing that has replaced the MEAP test of years past.  Large talked about how the results were being released on a student-by-student basis as opposed to a collection of data that would be more helpful in identifying weaknesses and strengths.

Another hot button topic for the meeting was just how funds will be dispersed once Governor Rick Snyder’s budget is finalized.  Large also said that student count could impact the funds the district receives and there is some controversy on just how the student count numbers will be taken into account.  After the preliminary count, the current number of students enrolled in Ludington Schools is 2,159 students.

Fire At 989 N. Schoenherr Road Sunday Afternoon

According to the Ludington Daily News Custer, Scottville, Fountain, Free Soil, Riverton and Branch firefighters responded to a house fire at 989 N. Schoenherr Road this afternoon. Three adults and one child were in the home at the time of the fire and escaped. Firefighters broke down a gate and rescued two dogs from a pen on the back of the house.

Custer Fire Chief Larry Crawford said a Michigan State Police Fire Marshal has been contacted to check on the cause of the blaze. Crawford said the east end of the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived, and firefighters mounted an exterior attack to knock it down before putting people in the west side of the house to finish the job. Crawford said the exterior of the house was still standing, but the interior was heavily damaged.

The call came in around 2 p.m. and firefighters cleared the scene shortly after 6 p.m.

The Fountain Fire Department Auxiliary responded with warm drinks for the firefighters. The West Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross was aiding the people displaced by the fire.

Crawford said he was not going to speculate on a cause or an exact point of origin for the fire until the fire marshal arrived at his own conclusion and they could compare notes.

Mason County Schools Receives Huge Donation For Adopt-A-Door From SHLH Employees

The Adopt-a-Door school safety campaign received a huge boost this afternoon when employees at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospitals donated $6,215.25 to the great cause. Sheriff Kim Cole was presented with a cerimonial check around 2:30, Friday afternoon.

The money will allow for 27 security "boots" for Mason County classroom doors. The goal was to have enough donations for 17 doors.

The "boots" will be installed on school doors throughout Mason County and will help to keep schools and educational areas safe for the children of Mason County.

Trooper Found Guilty

Michigan State Police Trooper Sammy Sidney Seymour, Jr., was found guilty, Feb. 5, 2016, in 79th District Court of operating an ORV while impaired. 

A hung jury was declared by 79th District Court Judge Pete Wadel last May.  The conviction comes after three of the four charges were dropped.

Seymour’s sentence includes one day in jail with credit for one day served; outpatient treatment, which his court file indicates he has completed; $870 in fines and costs; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; and his ORV privileges are suspended for 90 days.  His Employment status with the Michigan State Police Cadillac post is unknown at this time.

Seymour and his sister Kimberly Sue Septrion were arrested Jan. 17, 2015 at the intersection of Loomis and Delia streets following a traffic stop at 2:19 a.m. by the Ludington Police Department.

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